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Matsubayose technique

This light and airy open weave black hitoe is almost transparent. Untwisted warps combined with highly twisted wefts help give it its three dimensional texure.

Matsubayose literally means ‘pine needle gathering’, and refers to the alternate bunching and spreading of sections of weft threads to create a chiaroscuro effect. On this hitoe, the threads were gathered by machine, but originally matsubayose was done by hand, using pine needles.

Daily Japanese Textile is indebted to the late Tomoyuki Yamanobe, Curator Emeritus of the Textile Department at The Tokyo National Museum, for much of this information.